After the BTC Pipeline and EITI Validation: Where are Prosperity and Transparency in Azerbaijan?

Executive Summary

Between May 4 and May 11, 2012, Crude Accountability met with civil society activists, corporate representatives, and state agencies in Baku, Azerbaijan to discuss social and environmental practices related to the petroleum industry. These conversations helped clarify questions about how the Azerbaijani economy and society have changed in the six years since the completion of the controversial Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, which spans from the Caspian Sea off the shore of Baku and terminates in Ceyhan, Turkey. The discussions revealed a number of civil society’s most significant concerns about social and environmental side effects of the petroleum industry’s continuing development.